China Is Near (1967)

MARCO BELLOCCHIO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  La Cina e Vicina Italy, 1967.  Vides Cinematografica.  Story by Marco Bellocchio, Screenplay by Elda Tattoli, Marco Bellocchio.  Cinematography by Tonino Delli Colli.  Produced by Franco Cristaldi. Music by Ennio Morricone.  Production Design by Ugo Novello.  Film Editing by Roberto Perpignani. A political comedy/drama that has lost none of its energy…

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Seduced And Abandoned (1964)

PIETRO GERMI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Sedotta e Abbandonata Italy/France, 1964.  Lux Film, Ultra Film, Vides Cinematografica, Lux Compagnie Cinématographique de France.  Story by Pietro Germi, Luciano Vincenzoni, Screenplay by Agenore Incrocci, Furio Scarpelli, Pietro Germi, Luciano Vincenzoni.  Cinematography by Aiace Parolin.  Produced by Franco Cristaldi, Luigi Giacosi.  Music by Carlo Rustichelli.  Production Design by Carlo Egidi.  Costume Design by Angela…

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Big Deal On Madonna Street (1958)

MARIO MONICELLI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  Original title:  I Soliti Ignoti Alternate title:  The Usual Unidentified Thieves Italy, 1958.  Cinecittà, Lux Film, Vides Cinematografica.  Story by Agenore Incrocci, Furio Scarpelli, Screenplay by Agenore Incrocci, Furio Scarpelli, Suso Cecchi D’Amico, Mario Monicelli, based on the short story Furto In Una Pasticceria by Italo Calvino.  Cinematography by Gianni Di Venanzo.  Produced by…

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The Organizer (1963)

MARIO MONICELLI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5 Original title:  I Compagni Alternate titles:  The Organiser, The Strikers Italy/France/Yugoslavia, 1963.   Lux Film, Vides Cinematografica, Méditerrannée Cinéma Production, Avala Film.   Story and Screenplay by Agenore Incrocci, Furio Scarpelli, Mario Monicelli.   Cinematography by Giuseppe Rotunno.   Produced by Franco Cristaldi.   Music by Carlo Rustichelli.   Production Design by Mario Garbuglia.   Costume…

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White Nights (1957)

LUCHINO VISCONTI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  Original title:  Le Notti Bianche Italy/France, 1957.  Cinematografica Associati, Intermondia Films, Vides Cinematografica.  Story and Screenplay by Suso Cecchi D’Amico, Luchino Visconti, based on the novel Belye Noci by Fyodor Dostoevsky.  Cinematography by Giuseppe Rotunno.  Produced by Franco Cristaldi.  Music by Nino Rota.  Production Design by Mario Chiari.  Costume Design by Piero Tosi.  Film Editing by Mario…

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Sandra (1965)

LUCHINO VISCONTI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Original title:  Vaghe Stelle Dell’Orsa… Alternate title:  Vague Stars Of Ursa Italy, 1965.  Vides Cinematografica.  Story and Screenplay by Suso Cecchi D’Amico, Enrico Medioli, Luchino Visconti.  Cinematography by Armando Nannuzzi.  Produced by Franco Cristaldi.  Production Design by Mario Garbuglia.  Costume Design by Bice Brichetto.  Film Editing by Mario Serandrei.   Claudia Cardinale brings her American husband to…

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Lacombe Lucien (1974)

LOUIS MALLE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB. France/West Germany/Italy, 1974.  Nouvelles Editions de Films, Universal Pictures, Vides Cinematografica, Hallelujah Films.  Screenplay by Louis Malle, Patrick Modiano.  Cinematography by Tonino Delli Colli.  Produced by Louis Malle, Claude Nedjar.  Production Design by Ghislain Uhry.  Costume Design by Corinne Jorry.  Film Editing by Suzanne Baron.     Possibly Louis Malle’s masterpiece, a superb film about…

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Murmur Of The Heart (1971)

LOUIS MALLE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  Original title:  Le Souffle Au Coeur France/Italy/West Germany, 1971.  Nouvelles Editions de Films, Marianne Productions, Vides Cinematografica, Franz Seitz Filmproduktion.  Screenplay by Louis Malle.  Cinematography by Ricardo Aronovich.  Produced by Vincent Malle, Claude Nedjar.  Music by Sidney Bechet, Gaston Freche, Charlie Parker, Henri Poirier.  Production Design by Jean-Jacques Caziot.  Film Editing by Suzanne Baron.  Louis Malle captures…

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Viva Maria! (1965)

LOUIS MALLE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  France/Italy, 1965.  Nouvelles Editions de Films, Les Productions Artistes Associes, Vides Cinematografica.  Scenario and dialogue by Louis Malle, Jean-Claude Carriere.  Cinematography by Henri Decae.  Produced by Oscar Dancigers.  Music by Georges Delerue.  Production Design by Bernard Evein.  Costume Design by Ghislain Uhry.  Film Editing by Suzanne Baron, Kenout Pelletier. Two of France’s most beloved icons rule…

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Kapo (1960)

GILLO PONTECORVO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Italy/France/Yugoslavia, 1960.  Cineriz, Vides Cinematografica, Zebra Films, Francinex, Lovcen Film.  Screenplay by Gillo Pontecorvo, Franco Solinas.  Cinematography by Aleksandar Sekulovic.  Produced by Franco Cristaldi, Moris Ergas.  Music by Carlo Rustichelli.  Production Design by Aleksandar Milovic.  Costume Design by Clara Poggi.  Film Editing by Roberto Cinquini, Anhela Michelli.   Before making his masterful Battle of Algiers, Gillo…

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Divorce–Italian Style (1961)

PIETRO GERMI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Divorzio All’Italiana Italy, 1961.  Lux Film, Vides Cinematografica, Galatea Film.  Story and Screenplay by Ennio De Concini, Pietro Germi, Alfredo Giannetti.  Cinematography by Leonida Barboni, Carlo Di Palma.  Produced by Franco Cristaldi.  Music by Carlo Rustichelli.  Production Design by Carlo Egidi.  Costume Design by Dina Di Bari.  Film Editing by Roberto Cinquini.   Wry comedy…

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Cartouche (1962)

PHILIPPE DE BROCA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB Alternate title:  Swords of Blood France/Italy, 1962.  Filmsonor, Les Films Ariane, Mondex Films, Vides Cinematografica.  Screenplay by Daniel Boulanger, Philippe de Broca, Charles Spaak.  Cinematography by Christian Matras.  Produced by Georges Dancigers, Alexandre Mnouchkine.  Music by Georges Delerue.  Production Design by Francois de Lamothe.  Costume Design by Rosine Delamare.  Film Editing by Laurence Mery-Clark.   Silly adventure…

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